As stated in my previous articles, the Hydraulic Excavator, otherwise known as the Mineral Hydraulic Gyratory Crusher is a piece of equipment that is most commonly used by subsurface mining companies and other types of drilling operators to extract and grade mineral and soil materials from beneath the surface of the Earth. More specifically, the Hydraulic Excavator is most commonly used in the search and extraction of pre-existing oil or gas deposits. The submersible Hydraulic Excavator is capable of drilling into underground formations which will reach depths of up to 100 feet or more to extract the material with minimal water interference.
This type of drilling equipment is typically constructed out of an excavating barge with an in-built barge crane, a series of winches, and access arms where the operator can locate the desired area of the mineral deposits. Other features include a retractable boom lift, a drill head with a large diameter, a hydraulic system driven by a diesel engine, a hydraulic system used to power the cranes, a control system that includes teleoperated systems, and a control panel. The Hydraulic Excavator is often coupled with a smaller pick-up truck called a Bullbar for light surface transportation of the harvested material.
This type of machinery was first manufactured and used during World War 2 for the draining of sewers, storm drains and sewage systems in the exploration and relief of areas experiencing flooding. Since then it has been increasingly used for a variety of different applications such as oil well drilling, and well drilling, earthmoving, surface mining, river dredging, and septic treatment plants. There are also many smaller models such as the Hydraulic Excavator Towing and Platform Swivel and the Hydraulic Powered Towing and Pit Sweeper. The latest variation to this type of machine is the Hydraulic Gyratory Couplings, which are available in both straight and Nontraditional Couplings.